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All-Inclusives

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

For years all-inclusive vacations have been saddled with a bad rap – some of the reputation is warranted, some of it exaggerated. The negatives of these one-stop hotspots are well documented: over-crowding, semi-obnoxious spectacles accompanied by a sketchy degree of hedonism, loud poolside DJs, flavorless food wilted under the rays of 24-hour heating lamps, and just a general cheesiness that, unless you’re in Vegas, isn’t a substitute for acceptable rest and retreat. Well, the wrongs have been righted, friends; rectified to a far more appealing level. Retreating to an all-inclusive resort these days is to step into affordable luxury for families, couples, friends and adventure travelers. There is literally no reason (at least not one good enough), not to pack your bags. But before you check in, check out a few of Style’s recommended all-inclusive locales. Whether you crave a low-key vacation or a darn good party, there’s a perfect place waiting just for you. FAMILIESBeaches Sandy BayWhere: Negril, JamaicaSignature amenities: Family fun on the shores of gorgeous 7-Mile Beach, private access and great proximity to it; legitimately gorgeous accommodations and ambiance; water sports and land recreation; kid-friendly menus and entertainment, “Ultra-Nannies” (yeah, really); Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street, including Sundays at the Movies and Story time with Elmo; a kids’ swim up soda bar, pirate’s island, and XBOX Game Garage; a fully-equipped onsite spa for mom and dad; gourmet dining at three restaurants and unlimited cocktailing; roundtrip airport transfers; tips and taxes, and much more.Spend: Depends on arrival dates and number of guests. Discounts available. Visit the hotel online for more information.Reservations: beaches.com.Tyler Place Family ResortWhere: Highgate Springs, VermontSignature amenities: Award-winning programs for kids, teens, infants, toddlers and their parents; a variety of sports and activities; quaint cottage and suite accommodations in the great outdoors; a “Family Splash Pad,” cocktails and private dining for adults; heated indoor and outdoor pools; family reunions and adult nights out; onsite sitters; lakeshore bonfires; healthy food, casual entertainment, and a generally informal atmosphere.Spend: The all-inclusive family package includes all lodging, activities, entertainment and programs. Rates vary depending on dates and accommodations, but expect to spend $94-$333 per night for a seven-day week for adults, $75-$112 for children.Reservations: tylerplace.com.COUPLESGrand Velas All Suites & Spa ResortWhere: Nuevo Vallarta, MexicoSignature amenities: Lots of space (though usually fully booked, the resort seems remarkably empty); modern accommodations and attentive service; salsa lessons; recognized restaurants (Piaf is not to be missed) and an outdoor/indoor lobby bar; live entertainment, gorgeous open-air areas; spa concierge and top-of-the-line treatments that include a relaxing hydrotherapy circuit; beach recreation, tennis courts and infinity pools, and only 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, among other attractive lures. Spend: The hotel’s “Romantic Vacation” package, which includes a private lobster dinner for two, an 80-minute couple’s massage, suite accommodations, airport transfers, taxes and gratuities, ranges from $596-$635 for a minimum four-night stay.Reservations: vallarta.grandvelas.com.Peter Island ResortWhere: British Virgin Islands Signature amenities: Located on a private island; an informal vibe; pristine white beaches and private access to them; an inviting day spa and a wide range of activities; personal but unobtrusive service; unrivaled peace, relaxation and romance; indigenous cuisine and a wine room; concierge service, ocean views from every room; access to an extensive and protected waterway system that includes islands, cays and reefs; hiking trails and a variety of aquatic recreation.Spend: Depends on packages and room rates. The “Romance and Honeymoon” package includes all of the aforementioned amenities; a seven night stay ranges from $3,025-$4,855 not including airfare.Reservations: peterisland.com. FRIENDS & SINGLESClub MedWhere: Turkoise, Turks & CaicosSignature amenities: Supreme networking opportunities and socializing; water sports galore including excellent scuba diving; diverse recreation opportunities such as horseback riding, Club Med’s trademark fitness programs, golf, tennis and hiking; an abundance of restaurants, bars and refreshing tropical concoctions; well-appointed rooms and suites; special packages and party adventures for pals, and a good-time-atmosphere like no other. Spend: Club Med offers great deals on “short stays” and holiday vacations. Pricing is extremely competitive. Reservations: clubmed.com.    ADVENTURISTSOccidental Grand PapagayoWhere: Costa RicaSignature amenities: Boutique-style lodging (there are only 169 guestrooms, outfitted with contemporary conveniences); eco-adventures, water sports, scuba, deep-sea fishing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, freshwater pools and a fitness center; quick and easy access to the Pacific shores of Costa Rico; lush tropical surroundings with gorgeous flora and fauna; five different culinary options including Italian and Asian restaurants, and bars that serve creative refreshments all day and most of the night; views and access to a white-sand coastline; concierge service at the Royal Club level; a world-class spa (treatments at an additional cost), and a lively disco.Spend: Hotel and air packages are available but vary. Visit the hotel online for current rates, discounts and availability.Reservations: occidentalgrandpapagayo.com.Red Mountain SpaWhere: St. George, UtahSignature amenities: Location, location, location (the surroundings are unsurpassed, truly); contemporary accommodations designed to make you relax between “a rock and a soft place;” proximity to, and activities centered around, Utah’s Grand Circle of National Parks; Red Rock adventuring; gourmet healthy meals; award-winning workshops and classes; health education and specialized fitness programs, and unlimited creative outdoor recreation. Plus, you’re guaranteed to drop a few pounds.Spend: Depends on program and weekly schedule, but rates are unexpectedly reasonable for a destination spa of its caliber (which is sky-high, by the way).Reservations: redmountainspa.com.

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Bodega Bay

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

On the coast of California, approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco, lies Bodega Bay; a charming, windy inlet that hugs the Pacific Coast shoreline and marks the boundary between Marin and Sonoma counties. Most famous as the setting of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The Birds, Bodega Bay offers far more than cinematic allure. Among the many reasons to visit the breezy, coastal enclave are quick daytrips to area hotspots, charter sportfishing and stunt kite-flys, but there are several more. Here’s a look at five Style faves.Take Flight at The TidesThe Inn at the Tides has become a beacon for Birds-watchers, as its famed eatery, The Tides Wharf Restaurant and parking lot are prominently featured in the film. Naturally, Hitchcock’s flock of followers land at the legendary Inn each year before migrating south to San Francisco for the Vertigo movie tour – a quirky ode to the Master of Suspense and his most famous Bay Area film. For more information on his others, read Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco. Members of the Inn crowd can make a reservation online at innatthetides.com. For more about Bodega Bay, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Dan Haverty

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Dan Haverty, Folsom’s new Fire Chief, is a third generation Sacramentan with a knack for education. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees from California State University, Sacramento, and another masters and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.But Haverty didn’t plan on going into fire service or public administration, instead he set out to continue in his father’s cabinet making business. Unfortunately a family tragedy changed his path in life forever.When his sister and her children were killed in a plane crash in a remote part of Alaska, he was deeply moved by the compassion of the volunteer fire department helping with the rescue efforts. Once back home, he felt called to join his local volunteer fire department. Volunteering quickly led to a career.Haverty comes to Folsom after almost 20 years of moving up through the ranks of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. He has also had the distinction of working with the Governor’s Office on Homeland Security, and started the statewide emergency preparedness program. And, just in case you thought he wasn’t busy enough, he also teaches as an adjunct professor at USC’s Sacramento campus.While he loves his job, one of the most tremendous experiences of his life came in 2005 when Haverty donated part of his liver to help save the life of Sacramento’s Catholic Bishop William Weigand. It was again something he felt called to do. Clearly, Folsom couldn't be in better hands.— Christine HaleFor more on Dan Haverty be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Granito's

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Daniel Seifried put himself through college by cooking. He started out washing dishes and eventually moved up to waiting tables, running the kitchen and then ultimately, running the restaurant. He was a guest chef at Granito’s on a few occasions, and then purchased it late last summer. “I’m very talented at cooking and I love doing it, but I’m a businessman.” Very much a business man indeed, Granito’s is starting construction on their second location in Folsom. While the Granite Bay restaurant is nostalgic, the Folsom location is going to have a newer, more modern Tuscan look. “It’s not that we want to get away from the nostalgic look, it’s a difficult design to recreate and it’s really key for us to design something that is going to be current 20 years from now.”  Unique to the Granite Bay Granito’s is the forward kitchen. Yes, the kitchen is literally in the restaurant. “You’re able to see all the guests. The chefs interact with people, which makes for a very interesting dining experience,” says Seifried. Granito's A Garlic Restaurant7160 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay916-791-4401For more about Chef Daniel Siefried and Granito's, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Explore and Grow

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Funding is cut, money is tight, schedules are strained and school administrators are forced to make some hard choices. Unfortunately, music and art programs are usually the first to suffer from necessary cutbacks. It is as true today as it was nearly a half a century ago.“Music and art is important to round out the personality of every human being,” Clara Neilsen says. And she should know. As one of the original founders of Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp, she has seen success for more than 48 years. The camp started in 1959 as an answer to budget problems with the local schools when the county board of education decided to pull all arts and music education out of the curriculum. Sound familiar? To help continue this important part of the educational process, the camp was born. It started small, offering only music instruction one week a summer, hosting less than 30 kids. Today, two weeks of music, dance, photography, drama and more is available in a supportive and positive environment accommodating more than 400 students from El Dorado County, ages 10 to 17. Two, six-day camp gatherings are held near Pollock Pines each summer. The camp’s mission is to provide each camper with an affordable, exceptional and educational experience, while bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to promote understanding. The counselors, teachers and campers work together to provide a safe atmosphere free from peer pressure. It’s a place where everyone has the opportunity to take risks and grow. “We’re more concerned [about] the process, than the final product,” Nicoles “Big Dog” Ridout, the camp’s director says. “We want everyone to have fun and experience the things they don’t normally get to the rest of the year.” “Big Dog” has had fun at camp for nearly 45 years. He started as a camper, graduated to counselor, and is director of the entire camp. “For me,” Ridout says, “the work I do in these two weeks pales to the rest of my year.” Like Ridout, the majority of the counselors, teachers and staff are veteran campers. They proudly call themselves “Sugarloafers.” The camp does not turn anyone away because they cannot afford the registration fee. Scholarships amounting to $25,000 were awarded this year. The Sugarloaf Station Foundation oversees the camp and its finances and pays nearly 40 percent of the scholarship monies and private donors fund the remainder. “Kids are not judged at camp,” says Foundation president Paul Zappettini, “all that they do is supported in a safe haven usually not available in our current world.” The camp promotes values and provides experiences that kids will take into adulthood. “As kids progress through their lives, they can draw on the support they received here.” Zappettini says.The experience is best summed up in a letter written by a grateful camper when she learned of receiving scholarship money for the 2008 season: “Sugarloaf gives me the opportunity to be myself, and everybody is equal. Everyone loves and cares for each other.” To find out more about the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp, visit <a href="http://www.sugarloafcamp.com" target="_blank">sugarloafcamp.com</a>. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;"> or call 530-622-7130.

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Local Area Tidbits

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The long, hot days of summer are here and it shows. If you’re in the area, Cameron Park Lake is a good place to head to for a picnic, a barbeque, or whatever suits your particular mood for the day. The lake offers a jogging trail around the perimeter, boat rentals, a swimming area for kids and grownups alike, a volleyball court and much more. Park hours are 7 a.m. to dusk daily. For more information, visit cameronpark.org/cameronpark.html.And, if you’re lacking in the pool department, the Placerville Aquatic Center located at 3071 Benham Steet, looks like a cool place to head this summer for some family fun! Featuring a six-lane competitive pool, diving board area, water slide, shallow instructional pool, and separate activity pool with water play features for kids – this center has something to offer for all ages and swimming preferences. It’s located at 3071 Benham Street in downtown Placerville. For more information, call 530-642-5232.The Ponderosa Boys Volleyball team will be running a camp from July 14-17! Kids can learn to set, serve, pass and hit like a pro, Monday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Likewise, the Ponderosa Girls Volleyball team will be offering a camp July 21-24. For more details on these camps, visit cameronpark.org/recreation.html.In community service news, You Are Not Alone (YANA), is a free daily “check-in” telephone reassurance program available to El Dorado County residents who have limited contact with family or community. For more information, contact Connie Zelinsky at 530-621-6119, or Tammy Bragg at 530-621-6151.Fire season is well under way and since the foothills are prone to fires, it is recommended that you maintain bushes and plants around your home by establishing 100 feet of defensible space. For more fire prevention information, visit fire.ca.gov.Fourth of July is a great time for celebration, particularly with fireworks, but be sure to keep your holiday safe.And for something to do after the big holiday, check out the American River Conservancy’s Star Party on July 12 from 9-10:30 p.m. in Coloma with Mark Grabill and the astronomy group, Starforge. There will be telescopes on hand, so bring your chairs, blankets and questions. For meet-up location and more details, call 530-621-1224.The American River Conservancy and Gravit-E-Works (mountain bike training for novice to competitive racer) will offer a course called Mountain Biking 101 on July 26, from 8-10 a.m. There will be intimate instructional training designed to improve off-road trail riding skills, safety, and multi-user awareness for bike enthusiasts seeking to improve their trail riding for years to come. For class location, or to sign up, call 530-621-1224.Now here's some news that will really wake you up! Caffe Santoro is now open at 2531 Merrychase Drive, Suite 100 in Cameron Park. Stop in anytime from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a cup of Joe or a sugary treat.With that said, we hope that you all will have a fun and safe July! Until next time, stay cool.Do you have newsworthy tidbits for our What's Up column? Send it to us at [email protected].

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